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Did you know that the Boise Schools Community Education program has been part of the Treasure Valley for more than 40 years? It’s an amazing program where hundreds of volunteer instructors share their time, talents, skills, and knowledge with members of the community. WestVet is pleased to partner with Boise Schools Community Education for the following spring classes for pet owners:


Join two local veterinarians in a discussion on how to improve your dog’s mobility and quality of life as it ages. Classes for Pet owners: Geriatric Years of your Dog with WestVetTopics include nutrition, pain management, physical therapy options, exercise programs and end of life considerations.

Date:   Thurs, May 2, 6:30—7:30 PM     Fee: $10.00 

Instructors:  Dr. Laura Lefkowitz, DVM, Emergency & Critical Care &  Dr. Teri Dowdell, DVM, CCRT, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist


Learn the skills that might help save your best friend’s life! Read more about the American Red Cross Dog First Aid Course HEREThis course will teach you how to handle canine breathing and cardiac emergencies, how to identify symptoms of stress and illness, how to prepare for an emergency and so much more! American Red Cross Pet First Aid Course at WestVet in Garden City, IdahoYou will have the opportunity to practice skills for CPR, rescue breathing, muzzling, and bandaging work. Students will also take home an instructional reference guide and DVD, you can see an example HEREThis handbook includes information on administering medications, recognizing an emergency, performing CPR and first aid, treating common problems and stocking a pet first aid kit.

In addition, the manual comes with a 30-minute DVD that features step-by-step instructions on safety procedures, disaster preparedness and dealing with medical emergencies. Students will receive a certificate of completion from the American Red Cross for completing the course.Learn the skills that might help save your best friend’s life! Participants receive take-home DVD and Red Cross Certification.

Date:   Sat, May 4, 1— 5 PM        Fee: $40.00 

Instructors:  Erica Mattox, CVT, VTS (ECC)    &    Pam Knowles, CVT, VTS, (ECC)


Calling all cat owners! Curious about your cat’s behavior? Join a feline medicine and behavior specialist for a fascinating discussion on feline behaviors.Why does your cat purr? Nocturnal behavior, night vision, the ability to travel miles to return home after a move, litterbox issues, and even why they become cold and distant to their owners. Bring your questions! Enjoy a tour of the animal hospital following the lecture.

Date: Wed, May 15,  6—7 PM       Fee: $10.00 

Instructor:   Dr. Hazel C. Carney, DVM, MS, DABVP, nbsp;Feline Medicine & Behavior

All classes include a tour of the WestVet facility! Register online Our classes are under the “Pets & Animal Care” category.

Hope to see you in class!

Tuition and fees go to the Boise School Community Education Program, our employees are  volunteering their time to lead these courses.  Look for the printed catalog in the Idaho Statesman on Sunday, April 7, or in local libraries around the valley.



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